Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fortnight for Freedom, June 21-July 4, cont

Prayer for Religious Liberty

"O God Our Creator,
from Your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as Your people and given us the right and the duty to worship You, the only true God, and Your Son, Jesus Christ. Through the power and working of Your Holy Spirit, You call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.

"We ask You to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of Your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

"Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all Your sons and daughters gathered in Your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome--for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us--this great land will always be "one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


June 26---

"When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors He will send them a savior and defender, and He will rescue them."Isaiah 19:20

Peace be to all who have bad or troubled will;

and may an end be put to all anger and all talk of chastisement and vengeance. For these mock all norms and principles; they are beyond all limits of human understanding, and there are many who suffer needlessly.

Pray for those who persecute us, and for all wrongful women and men, that they may gain the courage and strength of those who long for peace, that one day the good would count and not the bad.

O Blessed Martyred Sisters of Compiegne, pray for us and help us grow in courage and fortitude!


Knights of Columbus Martyrs of Mexico
The 1920s brought a revolution to Mexico, along with the widespread persecution of Catholics. 
Missionaries were expelled from the country, Catholic seminaries and schools were closed, and the Church  was forbidden to own property.  Priests and laymen were told to denounce Jesus and their faith in public; if they refused, they faced not just punishment but torture and death.

Patrick Henry, Ratifier of the U.S. Constitution
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity and freedom of worship here."

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